Also called “cervical radiculopathy”
Your neck serves as the origin point for many vital nerves. These nerves branch out from the spine and into your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. They help you flex and relax these muscles and carry sensory fibers that provide sensation in the skin. Cervical radiculopathy is the irritation of these nerves.
When the nerve roots are irritated through compression or inflammation, the symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness can radiate anywhere along that nerve’s pathway. Cervical radiculopathy symptoms can have a gradual onset, or come on very rapidly.
Treatment can range from rest to surgery and is aimed at calming the irritation in the nerve.